While the Iskat Empire has long dominated the system through treaties and political alliances, several planets, including Thea, have begun to chafe under Iskat’s rule. When tragedy befalls Imperial Prince Taam, his Thean widower, Jainan, is rushed into an arranged marriage with Taam’s cousin, the disreputable Kiem, in a bid to keep the rising hostilities between the two worlds under control.
But when it comes to light that Prince Taam’s death may not have been an accident, and that Jainan himself may be a suspect, the unlikely pair must overcome their misgivings and learn to trust one another as they navigate the perils of the Iskat court, try to solve a murder, and prevent an interplanetary war… all while dealing with their growing feelings for each other.
Title : Winter’s Orbit
Author : Everina Maxwell
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 429
Genre : Sci-Fi/LGBTQIAP+
Publisher : Orbit Books
Release Date : February 2, 2021
Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★
Micky’s 3 star review
Misunderstandings on misunderstandings
Winter’s Orbit by rights should have been the kind of book I loved, sci-fi, arranged marriage but unfortunately, I could only find like for this book by the end. This story was based around a rushed diplomatic marriage and a heavy political plot unfurled quickly, alongside the two MCs Kiem and Jaidan trying to find a way to co-exist.
The strengths of this plot lay in the growth of friendship and more between Jaidan and Kiem but this theme was peppered with frustration for me as their constant misunderstandings added up and added up. It took a long time for them to really communicate clearly and openly with one another. Now there were reasons for that, but the pacing was off for me.
The theme of abuse in this story was handled well and that’s probably my favourite thing about the plot, not the actions themselves but how it was portrayed. I also eventually liked the MCs connection with one another but we had to wait a long time to see it.
The espionage, politics and political characters in this story sadly turned me off from rating higher. It was hard to plow through at times.
I’m glad I read this, I would read the author again but I would have expectations for a more coherent plot pace. I live in hope!